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The NRF was established through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998), following a system-wide review conducted for the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST). The new entity incorporated the functions of the research funding agencies that were previously servicing various sections of the research community, namely the former Centre for Science Development (CSD) of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the former Foundation for Research Development (FRD) that included several National Research Facilities.


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Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) 2016

Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) has been a cross cutting theme of the 10 Year Plan of the Department of Science and Technology’s 10-Year Innovation Plan. Reaffirming its commitment to mainstream IKS in South Africa, the South African government envisages IKS as contributing towards sustainable economic development...

South Africa – Joint Institute for Nuclear Research - Grants for Student Practice 2015

In 2005 the Republic of South Africa and the Russian Federation signed a memorandum of agreement that led to South Africa becoming an associate member of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). The agreement enabled the establishment of research collaboration between South African and JINR researchers, as...

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Masters and Doctoral Scholarships 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2016.

NRF Free-standing-Scarce Skills-Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship Call for 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2016.

Call for International Research Grant Annual Progress Reports (APRs) and KIC reports for 2014/15

The 2014/15 Annual Progress Report (also final report) and KIC templates (2014 &2015) are now available on the NRF online system at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

Study Support for Completing Part-time Doctoral Students 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2016.

Extension Scholarship Support for Masters and Doctoral Studies 2016

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the call for applications for Extension Scholarship Support for Masters and Doctoral studies in 2016.

Equipment-related Travel and Training Grants 2015/2016

The rationale for this Funding Instrument is to make funds available to support the broader science community to access state-of-the-art research equipment that is not available at the home research institution, regionally or nationally.

Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers 2016

The Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers is a discipline-based funding instrument which supports principally basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in the disciplines of the Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences.

Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers 2016

The Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers is a discipline-based funding instrument which supports principally basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in the disciplines of the Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences.

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NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) are pleased to announce the call for fellowship applications for 2019 in the following categories: DST- NRF- Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowships; DST-...

National Equipment Programme (NEP) 2019

The development and retention of high-end scientific and technological competencies is essential for South Africa to transform into a knowledge-based economy wherein the generation of new knowledge and scientific and technological innovations can bring about economic development, job creation and an improvement in the...

SA/France PROTEA Call for Proposals 2019

The South Africa/ France PROTEA Programme is a bilateral incentive Programme dedicated to strengthening the South Africa/French collaborative research. It is co-funded by both the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research from the French side, and the National Research...

South Africa / Norway Cooperation on Oceans Research including Blue Economy, Climate Change, the Environment and Sustainable Energy (SANOCEAN) 2018

South Africa and Norway have had a long standing partnership supporting joint research focusing on climate change, environment and sustainable energy (known as SANCOOP). Three SANCOOP calls (2001 – 2006, 2006 – 2011, and 2013 – 2017) have been launched since the inception of this partnership. Late last year we...

NRF/FAPESP Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2019

In October 2015, the NRF and the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) signed an inter-agency agreement to support research and development activities between South African researchers and researchers from the State of São Paulo in Brazil through the funding of joint research activities in specified research...

Thuthuka 2019

The Thuthuka Funding Instrument is a key intervention of the National Research Foundation (NRF) aimed at supporting emerging researchers. Thuthuka research grants are awarded to academics and researchers that hold academic and/or joint academic and administrative professional appointments, at NRF recognised public...

SASAC (South African System Analysis Capacity) 2018

The integrated approach of systems analysis allows investigation at the nexus of global challenges, enabling synergies and trade-off among potential solutions to be considered and implemented. Applied systems analysis takes into account the interconnectedness of multiple development goals. It offers the best chance of...

NRF-FRF Sabbatical Grant 2019

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the FirstRand Foundation (FRF) have partnered to pursue the goal of increasing the proportion of suitably qualified Black (especially African Black) academic staff and academic staff with disabilities, at South African public universities, by establishing the NRF-FRF...

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